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HPEF - Ascendio 2012
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Say Yes to Gay YA: LGBTQ and Diversity in YA Fiction
Track : Sessions
Program Code: 620
Date: Saturday, July 14, 2012
Time: 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM  EST
Location: Tuscan III
Panelists: Joanna Volpe, Lindsay Ribar, Libba Bray, Carlie Webber, Mark Oshiro - In September 2011, an editorial in Publisher's Weekly sparked a discussion about gay characters and diverse characters in YA and middle grade fiction across the industry and Internet. Out of that conversation came a startling statistic: less than 1% of YA novels have LGBTQ characters. Join Quill Track panelists for a discussion of LGBTQ in YA fiction, the disparity between the popularity of slash fiction in fandom vs. the distinct lack of gay characters in mainstream publications, and what writers and the industry can do to see more diversity in books published.

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